I never really knew why, but my mother never had an engagement ring. Could be she just didn’t want or need one, could be dad couldn’t afford it at the time. Either way I’m sure it wasn’t nearly as important to her as there love for each other. My parents just sold their house after 31 years there, the one I grew up in. Dad retired last summer and they are moving near us. My two brothers are nearby and my 2 children (their 2 grandchildren) are all here, so we are all looking forward to having them so close.
They are in the process of looking for a small home, and mom is looking for a job down here. I love that they can just pick up and leave – I love how spontaneous they are. But they are also very practical, and when I ask mom if she would ever like a diamond ring she always says she doesn’t need one. This June will be their 35th anniversary. It’s such a celebration because we all admire them so much – they are a model for a happy couple raising happy children. I would love to see her receive a diamond ring to symbolize the strength of their marriage.